Waterfalls New Hampshire Zealand Falls Hiking Trail a Great family Hike to NH Waterfalls!

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Zealand WaterFalls New Hampshire Family Friendly Hike

Zealand Waterfalls New Hampshire can be found by taking the Zealand Falls Hiking Trail on the West Side of Crawford Notch.

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Mt Hale New Hampshire Waterfalls Family Friendly Hike

  When the road is not gated from mid spring to fall you can drive up the dirt road and park at the Trail Head.  Otherwise it is a 3 mile easy dirt road walk into the trail head.  This is a nice easy trail with no elevation gain.  The trail is gentle and wide and there is fun terrain to see along the way from peaceful pine forest to a marsh area with boardwalks and beaver dams.  and across the pond you can see the beautiful Zealand Waterfalls!  We took pictures from the bottom of the falls and then climbed the trail up The last few hundred feet to the Zealand Hut.  This hut is open year round and a great place to base yourself to explore the back country wilderness.  Did I mention the beautiful views from the Hut!?

I was hoping to return the easy way we came to the top of Zealand Falls but caught summit fever and decided to return via a loop taking the Lend A Hand Trail to the summit of Mt Hale 4054 FEET NH.  I had good company so the hike was very relaxing with more peaceful woodland terrain, lots of moss but limited views.  The views to MT Washington were good when you could get them through the trees and there was snow on Mt Hale and on Mt Washington too!  We descended via the Hale Brook Trail and this was the most challenging part of the hike as it is a steep pitch and you are walking in a shallow river bed with running water (at least in the spring).  Tired but happy having climbed another 4000 Footer and live to tell after hiking about 10 miles round trip!

For families I would recommend taking the Zealand Trail to Zealand Falls and the Zealand Hut and then returning the same way since it is a nice flat gentle hike but still about 6 miles round trip. Pack lunch, water and camera and a jacket as it is often chillier as you get higher in altitude! Stay at the Bartlett Inn in Bartlett New Hampshire and the innkeepers will be happy to help you plan your day depending on your interests of Waterfalls, Mountain Views, altitude, difficulty or ease of terrain, time and fitness level. 1 800 292 2353.

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